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April 17, 2014
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Suki: Unreasonable Expectations Part 2

Christine: Postpartum Depression in Fathers

For Parents of Juniors and Seniors

This Week
Summit for the Planet ~ Saturday, April 26
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(Photos General) CommonCoe_TakingTest.jpgSuki's Part 2 on Common Core tests and tests in general sent my mind spinning and reacting.  I like the way she's taking a look at Common Core tests at the micro level!  As I talk with educators around the country about Common Core I hear mixed reviews. After reading both Part 1 and Part 2, if you are wondering what role you can possibly take as a lay person, how about providing copies/links of Suki's article to your friends, and especially to your children's teachers and principal.  Be a part of the process!  It's good to question and listen.  The ultimate responsibility for education lies with each of us parents.

Ahhh... the ups and downs of life.  No one is immune to tragedy, stress, rough spots in marriages and friendships, jobs, illness, loss of loved ones or the changes the arrival of a child or children, no matter how much loved, bring to a family.  Christine cites a study on fathers and postpartum depression.  Fortunately there's a lot of caring help available in Santa Cruz.  Two organizations offering community for parents are Luma Yoga, The Santa Cruz Village/Baby Steps Doulas and Triple P Parenting Workshops.

There's a camp that's a "Yes" for your child right here and here and more are coming in the next two weeks.

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Have a lovely Easter weekend, Parmalee

 

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  Suki: Unreasonable Expectations Part 2

(Photos General) SukiWessling2013.jpgThis is a second in a two-part piece about the current state of educational testing in our K-12 schools. The first half covered the reliability of standardized testing, whether we should be using standardized tests for younger children, and digital educational design. Click here to read Part 1.

My informant pointed out a huge problem with her third graders taking the test: much of the test had no audio component, and assumed that they could all read and write well enough. But as anyone who has taught children to read will tell you, some kids just learn later. They don't learn worse and it has nothing to do with their intelligence overall. Late readers are not less successful in life.

The test will now assess one skill ahead of all others: typing.

But here's what she had to say about her group of kids: "There was no audio component to the math, so a lot of the test was really a reading test. If they couldn't read the paragraphs, they couldn't answer the questions. And they sure as heck couldn't write a paragraph." The Common Core assumes that if you understand something, you should be able to write about it. (I won't get into the question of why any reasonable 8-year-old would actually want to write about math!) But clearly, the less able readers were not being tested on their understanding of math-they were being tested on reading, which depressed their math scores.

On top of that,... Read more>>>>

 

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  Christine: Postpartum Depression in Fathers

(Photos General) Depression_Man.jpgThere have been a lot of studies on postpartum depression in women. As a matter of fact, after I had my little guy, every time I mentioned that I was sad about something, any medical person around would jump to attention and ask me questions about depression. It was annoying, although I can see how it may help someone. A very recent study from Pediatrics has now identified that men can suffer from something similar. It turns out that many men get depressed when a new baby is at home.

More depression in men at this time seems like a no-brainer.

The men in this study were aged 24-32. In a house with a newborn, nobody sleeps well for a while. Routines change to accommodate the baby, and the relationship between the parents will change. The father will get a lot less attention from the mother and certainly adjustments have to happen. These changes are most prominent with the firstborn. The bottom line is that depression affects 10-15% of mothers and 5-10% of fathers. The increased risk of depression for men (68% higher risk) lasts until the child is around age 5 (kindergarten). Read more >>>>

 

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  For Parents of Juniors and Seniors

(Graphics) DollarsFlying.jpgTrying to figure out how to pay for college or which financial aid package is the best for your student about to leave the nest?  Local Steve Shapiro calls our attention to two articles that might be helpful.

From the NY Times

What you don't know about financial aid (but should)

Marilyn Ferreira has solved her share of financial puzzles — running a business, buying a home and arranging a mortgage, raising six children as a single mother. But none of that compared to the challenge of understanding the cost of sending her brood to college.

She and her daughter Kelsey are in the thick of it now, weighing Kelsey’s admissions and financial aid offers from various colleges before the May 1 deadline, trying to make meaningful comparisons and just hoping they aren’t blindsided by something they missed.  Continue reading the main story

 

From the Wall Street Journal

How to Borrow for College

Federal student loans could get more expensive; here are other options.

By AnnaMaria Andriotis April 11, 2014 6:12 p.m. ET

Interest rates on federal student loans are poised to rise, giving families fresh incentive to consider borrowing from colleges, state agencies and banks, experts say.

Many students are reviewing offers of financial aid for the 2014-15 school year and figuring out whether they need additional help covering tuition costs.

Federal loans are... This article requires  a small fee to read>>>

 

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  This Week

(BUILT IN) (Icons/Graphics) Text_Calendar.jpgBelow is only a partial list of upcoming events and activities so be sure to click on our EVENT CALENDAR so you do not miss anything.

Summer Camp Guide     

A- Z Summer Camps

 

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Gateway School K-8, Kindergarten Open 4/17

 

Mount Madonna Pre-12, Summit for the Planet 4/26

 

Waldorf School Pre-8, Waldorf Alive! A Walk through the Grades 4/30


SC Montessori Pre-9, Spring Yard Sale 5/3

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Education

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in the Parks

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 Summit for the Planet ~ Saturday, April 26

Community Walk-a-thon and Earth Day Celebration Offers Family Fun and Help for Local Nonprofits

(Special Event Images / Graphics) Summit_7thgradegirls135h.jpgWhether you come to walk in support of your favorite nonprofit organization or for ensuing fun, the 7th annual Summit for the Planet Walk-a-thon and Earth Day Celebration offers something for all ages. The celebration will feature solar vehicle races, "eco-carnival' games, live animals, community networking, "green' businesses, live music, and delicious, organic foods!

Planned for Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 am to 1:30 pm (walk-a-thon registration begins at 9:00 am and the walk, promptly at 10:00 am), Summit for the Planet is a free fundraising event to support local environmental and educational organizations.

"It's much better than selling cooking dough or wrapping paper," comments Pamela Blunden, MMS event coordinator and alumni parent. "Organizations are able to retain a higher percentage of the money raised, and it's good for the environment. This format allows people of all ages to spend time together outdoors in a beautiful natural setting, while also raising money for a cause that is important to them!"

Join us on April 26, 2014 for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!

9:00-9:50am: Walk-a-thon Registration

9:50-11:00am: Walk-a-thon begins

11:00-11:30am: Walkers return

11:15-11:30am: Earth Songs by the MMS student choirs

11:35-11:45am: 5th Grade Presentation to Tower Foundation of San Jose State University "Sea Turtle Outreach" and Save Our Shores

11:45am: Eco Carnival opens

Students Perform

11:45am-Noon: Awards Ceremony, Thank you to our Sponsors and Presenters

Noon-12:20pm: Solar Car race

12:20-12:40pm: Trash Fashion Show

12:40-1:30pm: Entertainment (Live music, dancers, and more)

1:05pm: 7th Grade Bungee Jump Experiment in the Library

1:30pm: Event concludes

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Little Garden Patch Farm
Date: 04/19/2014 from 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Ages: 4-8
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Date: Every day (Apr 15-Apr 16)
Ages: All
Details: Hunt for thousands of chocolate candy eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny in a redwood forest and win prizes
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Mount Madonna School
Date: 04/25/2015 from 9:00am to 1:30pm
Ages: all
Details: Join us for an amazing Learning Expo & fun-filled day!
City: Mount Madonna Phone: (408) 847-2717 view all details >>
     
     
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